The NIA (National Investigation Agency) arrested one FICN (fake Indian currency notes) racketeer from West Bengal who is an alleged associate of a terrorist group and a Bangladeshi FICN supplier.
The accused was identified as Jakir Sekh of Bahargoria of Purba Bardhaman in West Bengal.Jakir Sekh is an associate of Bangladeshi FICN supplier Munshi.
The NIA officials stated that the case pertains to seizure of FICN ₹4,01,000 from the possession of accused Golam Martuja in January 2020 by DRI West Bengal. NIA had registered the case in March last year and filed chargesheet against four arrested accused persons in Special NIA Court, under sections 120 B, 489B, 489C of IPC and sections 16, 18 and 20 of UA(P)Act, 1967.
The NIA states that the imvestigation had revealed that the arrested accused Jakir Sekh and charge sheeted accused persons were part of a terrorist gang comprising smugglers, couriers and distributors of FICN and had entered into a criminal conspiracy in association with other known and unknown accused to smuggle and circulate high quality counterfeit Indian paper currency notes with the intention to cause damage to monetary stability of India.
The officials added that the accused used to receive FICNs from Bangladesh based smugglers through multiple couriers and used to circulate them and further channelize the proceeds to Bangladesh based smugglers through different couriers.
The NIA is further investigation in the case to identify the transnational linkages.